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Hema Bajaj, MBA '15
Citizenship: United States
Recent Location: Los Angeles, CA
Undergraduate University: Columbia University (2009)
Degree and Major: B.A. Economics (minor Sociology)
After graduating, I worked at the Walt Disney Company as an Undergraduate Associate. For the past three years, I did Marketing for Nickelodeon Games Group, where I led several digital and print marketing initiatives. Outside of work, I was the Galas Manager for the Indian Film Festival of LA, for which I planned the Opening and Closing Night Galas, attended by over 1,200 guests, including world renowned actors and filmmakers.
After MIT Sloan, I would like to work in strategy consulting or human-centered design consulting. Long term, I want to work in a social enterprise that uses film and media to bring about social change.
Dancing, spending time with family and friends, watching movies, traveling, baking, photography, and extreme sports.
Neville Clemens, MBA '15
Recent Location: Mumbai, India
Undergraduate University: IIT Madras
Degree and Major: B.Tech Electrical Engineering and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University
I've had a fairly unusual trajectory after graduate school: a business analyst at Capital One in Washington DC, a monk in South America and India, and a productive maverick at Loylty Rewardz in Mumbai, managing loyalty programs for banks in India.
Currently interested in Operations as a field, but open to exploring and developing new interests as the program progresses.
Teaching and writing. I also enjoy playing a variety of sports including tennis, soccer, volleyball, and table-tennis.
Alanna Hughes, MBA '15
Citizenship: United States
Recent Location: Dominican Republic and Haiti
Undergraduate University: Georgetown ’08 School of Foreign Service
Degree and Major: B.S. in International Affairs, Regional and Comparative Studies (Latin America and Asia), Certificate in International Development
Dominican Republic Country Director for the New Development Solutions Group. I founded their first Caribbean office and have been designing/implementing their first Dominican models and co-leading models in Haiti since February 2012. We run community enterprise solutions – an NGO that’s invented the “MicroConsignment Model” which assesses which products & technologies could easily improve economic/health/environmental conditions in low income rural & urban communities and train local entrepreneurs to promote & sell these products. We also run Social Entrepreneur Corps, an internship program for undergraduates that operates as a social enterprise (generating revenue we reinvest in the MicroConsignment Model) and exposes young adults to field work in international development/social entrepreneurship firsthand.
I’m pretty sure I’m a social entrepreneur at my core, but I may take a crack at the private sector for a bit to hone some skills and pay off some debt before diving off a cliff again (like I did with a safety net under NDSG). Still hoping to get involved in a lot of entrepreneurship activity at MIT Sloan, though!
Travel, spending time with friends & family, running/hiking, going out dancing, reading, volunteering, and baking.
*Alanna is also part of the Tech Club leadership team. If you are interested in tech, feel free to contact her.
Gbenga Ige, MBA '15
Recent Location: Columbus, Indiana
Undergraduate University: University of Idaho (Masters); Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria (Bachelors)
Degree and Major: Electrical Engineering
I worked for Cummins Inc. a diesel engine manufacturer. In my last role before MIT Sloan, I led the team that delivered the fuel system software configuration for diesel engines sold in the North American, European, and Asian markets. My role also included the development of algorithms that ensured the engines met government emission regulations. I also worked with an NGO that provided educational supplies to low income elementary school students and coached U8 and U9 soccer in my free time.
I want to solve some of the most important problems businesses face all around the world as a consultant. As an extension to this, I intend to do some work in public policy as I believe that governments have the most impact when they work in concert with businesses to create successful public-private partnerships.
Self-professed soccer and Manchester United fanatic. I have tried so many times to learn to play the guitar that “learning to play” is now a hobby. I also enjoy road biking, international politics and cooking.
Patrick James O’Brien, MBA '15
Citizenship: United States
Recent Location: Jacksonville, FL
Undergraduate University: College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA
Degree and Major: BA, History, 2004
I came to MIT Sloan directly from serving as a pilot in the U.S. Navy, where I flew anti-submarine planes all around the world. I spent the last few years working in conjunction with the Boeing Company to develop the training programs for the Navy’s newest aircraft.
Consulting, Sustainability, Sports Media/Management.
Immersing my two young sons in Boston sports, playing hockey, camping around New England, and spending off-time on the South Shore.
Alexandre Pereira Prado, MBA '14
Recent Location: São Paulo, Brazil
Undergraduate University: Ecole Centrale de Lyon, France, 2007 and Unicamp, Brazil, 2007
Degree and Major: M.Sc in Engineering and B.Sc in Computer Engineering
Investment Banking (Goldman Sachs London, 2005-2006), Management Consulting (Roland Berger São Paulo, 2007-2010; and Bain São Paulo, 2011-2012)
Fast-track consulting career and create own VC fund/ accelerator; focusing in supporting the development of Brazil and other emerging markets.
Travelling, music, running, and photography.
Lucy Qin, MBA '14
Recent location: Suzhou, China
Undergraduate University: The University of British Columbia
Degree and Major: Bachelor of Electrical Engineering
I spent six years in China working for a start-up high-tech company in a sales and marketing and business development role.
I want to continue working in the tech industry as a general manager.
Cooking, collecting different currencies, and traveling.
Danielle Russell, MBA '15
Citizenship: United States
Recent Location: Boston, MA & London, UK
Undergraduate University: Boston College - Carroll School of Management, 2009
Degree and Major: B.S. in Management (Dual Concentrations in Finance and Marketing)
Prior to MIT Sloan, I worked in various capacities at State Street Global Markets and most recently on the Foreign Exchange Sales & Trading team. In this role, I had the opportunity to onboard and manage several key client relationships and interact extensively with members of our global team through assignments in Boston, London, and Hong Kong. I also completed two rotations in the competitive Professional Development Program and held several other internships at State Street. Following a lifelong passion, I interned for the Boston Bruins professional hockey organization during my sophomore year at BC as a Marketing and Community Relations intern.
I am a member of the Enterprise Management Track working toward a career in management consulting.
Running, (training for the 2014 Boston Marathon as a member of Tedy’s Team), triathlon, sailing, travel, and Boston sports!
Ishai Shvartz, MBA '15
Recent Location: Karmiel, Israel
Undergraduate University: Technion Israel's Institute of Technology
Degree and Major: BSc in Electrical Engineering (2004-2008), MSc in Electrical Engineering (2009-present)
Worked for 7 years as Hardware Developer in the defense industry, last 3 years as Team Leader of 8-10 Engineers.
Post MBA Ambitions
Entrepreneurship and Tech
Writing poetry and short stories, traveling, soccer, and basketball.
“The concept behind enterprise architecture is that you have all these machines, you have all these business processes, you have all these people doing things, how do you make sure they all come together and achieve business objectives that make you more competitive.”
“At MIT Sloan you have a lot of opportunities to explore entrepreneurship. Especially in a place like Kampala where you have a lot of development, entrepreneurship can be very exciting.”
“Our mission, along with the mission of MIT Sloan, is to both develop leaders who make a difference in the world, and also to make a contribution to thinking about the topic of leadership.”
“Because of the diversity of our backgrounds, when we hit the ground in Tanzania it almost was a natural play where different people assume different roles.”
“I knew about American business, but not enough about what’s really become a global economy. … You can read about it all you want, but there’s no substitute for being there and seeing the context and seeing how completely different these [other countries] are.”
“The conditions in the neighborhoods we were visiting were different than what we realized before getting there. Beyond that, what was surprising was that there weren’t surprises!”
“I love being in a place that is such a nexus of people and ideas — people coming to learn something new and to define themselves. Being a part of that process is a real honor and a real gift.”
“These companies are really excited to work with MIT students.They reach out to the community to set up these projects and are great to work with. They give us access to all their resources and are very open to us.”
“The assistant to the CEO was like our host mom while we were there. She arranged our housing for us, she took us out to her friend’s game farm, and we got driven around in 4x4s. She was just wonderful to meet, and we developed a personal as well as professional relationship with her.”
"The relationships that we forged helped us to turn out a better project. We were able to test our hypotheses with the people that we spoke with every single day. And really, I think the friendships that you develop really propel the work that you’re doing."
“We’re very interdisciplinary. Among the faculty in the group are an economist, a political scientist, a sociologist, and an industrial relations specialist. We’ve always made a big effort to be open to a variety of perspectives, but also to go beyond being open to them, to want to bring them in, because it makes for a richer environment.”
“One of the reasons I came to Sloan was because I wanted to be at a top MBA institution worldwide. But I also wanted access to working with the latest innovations and the highest technology that was coming out of the MIT labs.”
“You could talk about watershed management and conservation of energy all you want. But until you put numbers to it and financial analysis to it, you’re not going to get much done. I came to business school to speak that language, speak with people in terms of numbers, financial numbers so that I can get projects done.”
“It was really rewarding that they wanted to know what we thought. We left there being fairly certain that they will do some of the things that we suggested.”
“They allowed me, as someone who had limited business background, to maintain my interests and keep studying the kinds of things that I was interested in. I think that is not typical of all business schools.”